National Book Award Finalist * Printz Award Winner for Best Young Adult Book of the Year
“Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.”—School Library Journal
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.
So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Laura Ruby’s intense mystery, reality and fantasy blur into something magical and terrifying. After the sudden disappearance of his friend Roza, kindhearted high-school student Finn O’Sullivan learns that not everything is as it seems in the tight-knit community of Bone Gap, Illinois. As the town busybodies gossip about Finn’s budding romance with his plain-Jane classmate Petey, Finn grows convinced that Roza was abducted, and that her kidnapper was not of this world. With its blend of small-town quirks and supernatural dread, Bone Gap reminded us of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks…with a young-adult twist.
In a story that blends realism with dreamlike imagery and echoes of myth, Finn is the only witness to the kidnapping of 19-year-old Roza. However, his vague description of the man who took her leaves just about everyone in the small town of Bone Gap including his older brother, Sean, who is in love with Roza without much faith in his story. Through a complex interweaving of chapters, mostly told from Finn and Roza's points of view, Ruby (Bad Apple) slowly reveals that what actually happened to the beautiful Polish immigrant is more complicated than Finn even knew, and that his own disability, which only becomes clear to readers late in the novel, will make it difficult for him to find her. Ruby raises incisive questions about feminine beauty, identity, and power (Finn's new girlfriend, Petey, is marginalized for not being pretty, while Roza is harassed and abused by men who desire her) in a story full of subtle magic that is not compelled to provide concrete explanations. A haunting and inventive work that subverts expectations at every turn. Ages 14 up.
My new favorite!
I absolutely loved the detail, descriptions, and characters in this book. I finished it in a day! I highly recommend this book if you enjoy a suspenseful story with unexpected twists and turns!
Amazing loved the book read it in one day
interesting but confusing
I had some difficulty figuring out what was going on with this book. I like the characters, but I'm not sure if the story was suppose to be completely realistic or what really happened at the end. When his issue with recognition was revealed it was really interesting to me, and really a lot of it was interesting to me. I was left feeling confused after reading it though.